Nearly five million patients across the nation need blood transfusions every year, including many serving in the military at home and overseas, according to the American Red Cross.
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This weekend, Naperville residents can help meet the needs of the nation's troops by giving blood. Naperville Responds for our Veterans will be holding a blood donation drive on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Naperville City Hall at 400 S. Eagle St. in downtown Naperville.
The blood supply is particularly vulnerable during the holiday season because donors travel and spend time with family and friends and may forget to schedule a donation appointment, according to the Red Cross. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, so it is vital for those eligible to give blood regularly.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood, according to the Red Cross.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Information courtesy American Red Cross